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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Music

Programme code:BA-MUSIUCAS code:W300
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Marian Jago Contact address:music@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

Normally three subjects at advanced level including Music. (Double Music A Levels are not normally regarded as two subjects).

Other appropriate examinations and experience (for example Associated Board Grade 8) may be taken into consideration.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Music

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Music

Programme specification:

This programme will educate students through the medium of music so that by the end of the programme the graduate should possess flexible and transferable skills including those involving:
- a developed capacity for independent learning,
- self-expression and communication (in written and other forms),
- the use of new technology,
- social organisation.

The programme lays a foundation of discipline-specific knowledge through the study of a variety of periods, genres, styles and contexts. Within this broadly-based syllabus, there is also provision for specialisation in particular aspects of musical study (eg composition, performance, musicology, music technology, aesthetics and criticism).

Music degrees at Leeds encompass western art music, popular and world musics. These are studied through the mediums of history, theory, criticism, composition, performance and music technology as well as including important developing areas such as jazz, film music and music psychology. The diverse nature of this programme offers considerable freedom of choice in subject areas, allowing students to gain a rounded knowledge as well as developing expertise in their chosen specialities. Music is approached subjectively and objectively as a discipline from which practical lessons can be learnt.

Recent graduates have careers in performance, teaching, arts administration, journalism and broadcasting, publishing, computing and librarianship. Some graduates take postgraduate degrees. Graduates will have received a solid preparation for the world beyond university and will be equipped with a wide range of music specific skills and transferable skills in areas such as technology.

The School of Music's staff have international distinction in the fields historical and critical research. This School is renowned for its commitment to progressive learning methods, reflected in its partcipation and central role in many initiatives in higher education in music. The School is greatly advantaged by the exceptional music and cultural life in the City of Leeds, which includes an International Concert Season, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Leeds International Film Festival and a vibrant club scene.

The University also has a rich musical life and the School runs its own concert series throughout the academic year. This features performances by our own orchestras, choirs and ensembles alongside visiting professionals and ensembles in residence. Teaching is supported by excellent facilities including a concert hall, a music library with listening and video facilities and a well equipped electronics studio.

The BA Music degree is a versatile programme that lays a foundation knowledge in history, theory, composition, technology and general study skills upon which more specialized pathways can be chosen. Other areas such as musicology, criticism and analysis are also introduced. Performance modules are available at all stages, although they are never compulsory, and students can be assessed as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. The final year offers the greatest scope for students to pursue their own interests, and it is possible to undertake a dissertation on a chosen subject, composition portfolio, technology project or recital.

Our programmes strike a balance between personal exploration and the skills needed to be a good music graduate. Many areas, such as composition, performance, analysis and technology, are approached progressively with new skills being constantly added. Other areas, such as history, are more self-contained, examining the topics in context.

Our teaching methods include large lectures, seminar groups and one-to-one tutorials. Assessment is by coursework and examinations, with project work in analysis, musicology, criticism, technology and performance. Students also give recitals and present composition portfolios.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS1020Understanding Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2020
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1030Music in History and Culture
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2520
30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1110Music Research Skills10 creditsSemester 1
ODLM1008Studying in a Digital Age (Music)5 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40-60 credits from the following modules. If candidates select only 40 credits from this list they may not take both MUSS1320 and MUSS1324.

MUSS1220Composition
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2220
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1320Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2320
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1620Sound, Technology, and Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2620
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1920Introduction to the Psychology of Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2920
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS2020Interpreting Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3040
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20-40 credits from the following options.

MUSS2721Music in Context A20 creditsSemester 1
MUSS2722Music in Context B20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 40-80 credits from the following optional modules

MUSS2220Composition
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3240
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2320Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3340
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2420Notation and Editing
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3440
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2520Aesthetics and Criticism
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3540
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2620Music Technology Skills and Techniques
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3640
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2820Music in Practice20 creditsSemester 1
MUSS2822Music in Practice20 creditsSemester 2
MUSS2823Music in Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2920The Psychology of Listening and Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3940
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2925Music Students into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS3140Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60-80 credits from the following modules:

MUSS3040Analysing Music40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3121Special Study in Musicology A20 creditsSemester 1
MUSS3122Special Study in Musicology B20 creditsSemester 2
MUSS3240Composition40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3325Applied Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3340Performance40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3440Editing and Source Studies40 creditsNot running in 201718
MUSS3540Contemporary Aesthetics40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3640Music Technology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3940Music Psychology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 13/09/2017

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